Dental Implant Frequently Asked Questions
Before you begin an advanced dental implant tooth replacement plan, we know you’ll have questions, and the Bal Dental Centre team is always happy to answer them. Answers to some of the Scarborough dental implant frequently asked questions are listed below, but we know this isn’t a complete list. Please don’t hesitate to call if you want to learn more. We’ll answer questions over the phone if possible, and we’ll be happy to schedule a consultation to discuss treatment in more detail.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small posts that look like screws prior to their placement. Once they are surgically positioned below the gum line, they fuse with the bone and gum tissue, recreating the lost roots of your missing teeth. This provides support for the replacement tooth or teeth as well as stimulating oral structures to maintain soft tissue volume and jawbone density.
Why Should I Choose Implant Supported Tooth Replacement?
Implant supported tooth replacement offers the closest to natural look, feel, and function of any tooth replacement option. Because the entire tooth is repaired from the roots up, you’ll maintain the optimal level of oral health and avoid loss of bone density and gum tissue volume.
How are Dental Implants Placed?
Dental implants are surgically positioned below the gum line. We begin by making a small incision in the soft tissue. Then, the implant is precisely placed. We attach a protective cap over the implant post, allowing them to fuse with your oral structures while maintaining the space to attach your abutment post and replacement teeth.
How Long Does the Dental Implant Process Take?
The entire dental implant tooth replacement process can take several months from start to finish. However, the majority of this process is spent in the comfort of your home. After your implant posts are placed, you’ll need to wait three to six months to allow your implant to fuse with the jaw before returning to our dental office where we’ll attach your replacement teeth.
How Many Dental Implants do I Need?
The number of implants we recommend depends on how many teeth are missing and where they’re located within your smile. In most cases, we’ll recommend the following:
- One implant – to support a dental crown, replacing one tooth
- Two implants – to support a fixed bridge restoration to replace several consecutive teeth
- Three to six implants – to support a partial or full denture, replacing numerous consecutive and nonconsecutive teeth
How Long do Dental Implants Last?
Unlike other tooth replacement options that need to be replaced every five to ten years, dental implant supported tooth replacements can last twenty years or more. With proper care, many patients are able to keep their implant-retained crown, bridge, partial, or denture for the rest of their lives. If you need help caring for your smile after implant supported tooth replacement, one of our skilled dentists or dental team members will be happy to demonstrate the best ways to clean your smile. We can also recommend at-home hygiene products to improve your oral health.